Africa

Chatham House research on Africa explores key political, economic and social developments in sub-Saharan Africa, with areas of focus on Angola, Central Africa and the Great Lakes, East Africa, the Horn of Africa, Nigeria, southern Africa and West Africa.

Projects in this region include work on EU-Africa relations, economic growth and investment, extractive resources and society, and African maritime security.

A major programmatic focus of this work for Chatham House is carried out by the Africa Programme and its projects.

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Somaliland's Regional Priorities and Strategic Partnerships

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Strengthening Institutions for Development: Lessons from the Seychelles

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Shaping The Gambia's Future: How to Build a Path to Sustainable Progress

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Kenya’s Priorities for Inclusive Growth: Towards Domestic Development and Regional Peace

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Fostering Sustainable Peace, Democracy and Inclusive Development in Mozambique

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The Relevance of Intergovernmental Organizations to African States: The Role of the Commonwealth

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Preventing the Loss of Arms and Ammunition in African Peace Operations

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South Africa’s Political Economy Under New Leadership

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The International Court of Justice and Africa

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Protecting Somali Refugees: Finding Durable International Solutions

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The Relevance of Intergovernmental Organizations to African States: The Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries

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Redefining Partnership: the EU-Africa Relationship Beyond the Cotonou Partnership Agreement

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Angola Forum 2018: 30th Anniversary of the Battle of Cuito Cuanavale

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Islamic Financing of Infrastructure in Africa

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Ethiopia’s Political Crisis: Navigating the Road to Reform and Sustainable Stability

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Sudan's Peace Process: Creating the Conditions for Inclusive Dialogue and Durable Peace

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Implementing Somalia’s Reform Agenda: UN Engagement on National Objectives

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Counter-insurgency in the Somali territories: the 'grey' zone between peace and pacification

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Conflict prevention as pragmatic response to a twofold crisis: liberal interventionism and Burundi

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Concrete approaches to peace: infrastructure as peacebuilding

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Supporters hold up a poster of Morgan Tsvangirai during a memorial service in Harare. Photo: Getty Images.
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Tsvangirai Leaves an Important Political Legacy in Southern Africa

Cyril Ramaphosa in Davos on 24 January. Photo: Getty Images.
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Ramaphosa Can Renew South African Leadership by Recommitting to the ICC

Zimbabwe’s 2018 elections will be closely watched after the removal of Robert Mugabe last year. Photo: Getty Images.
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Mixed Outlook for Africa in 2018

Cyril Ramaphosa during the announcement of new party leadership at the 5th African National Congress (ANC) national conference. Photo by Alet Pretorius/Gallo Images/Getty Images
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Ramaphosa Has Won the Battle. But Can He Win the War?

Posing for a photo between posters of Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta and Vice-President William Ruto at a temporary installed photo studio in Nairobi. Photo by Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/Getty Images.
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Kenya: Still No Country for Women

Emmerson Mnangagwa is sworn in as president on 24 November. Photo: Getty Images.
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Rebuilding Zimbabwe's Economy: Emmerson Mnangagwa’s Immediate Priorities

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In Wake of Ebola, West Africa Must Seize Opportunity to Build Better Public Health Systems

Women admitted to the maternity ward at Roi Baudoin hospital in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, are counselled by a staff member on 3 March 2010, after having been detained at the hospital for non-payment of medical fees. Photo: AFP/Getty.
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Hospitals That Act as Modern-day Debtor Prisons Deny Rights and Dignity

French President Emmanuel Macron and Côte d’Ivoire President Alassane Ouattara. Photo: Getty Images.
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Can Africa and the EU Forge a Partnership of Equals?

South Sudan President Salva Kiir in Juba in October. Photo: Getty Images.
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How to Support South Sudan’s High Level Revitalization Forum

Robert Mugabe is sworn in for another term in 2008. Photo: Getty Images.
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Mugabe’s Fall Is a Wake-Up Call for Africa’s Leaders

Departure lounge at OR Tambo International Airport near Johannesburg. Photo: Getty Images.
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South Africa Needs a Strategic Vision for Its Continent

People celebrate Mugabe's resignation in Harare. Photo: Getty Images.
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Mugabe’s Departure Ushers in a Heady New Era for Zimbabwe

Xi Jinping arrives to a guard of honour in Harare in 2015. Photo: Getty Images.
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How Influential Is China in Zimbabwe?

A Biafra supporter wears shoes with the colours of the Biafra flag. Photo: Getty Images.
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Calls for Biafran Independence Return to South East Nigeria

A Kenyan security force member in Nairobi on 30 October. Photo: Getty Images.
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Kenya Election Fallout Makes Institutional Challenges Impossible to Ignore

Sudan President Omar al-Bashir on a visit to Ethiopia in April. Photo: Getty Images.
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Time to Resolve the Debate Over Immunity and the International Criminal Court

A Sudanese soldier walks in a procession during President Omar al-Bashir's tour in Darfur on 21 September. Photo: Getty Images.
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US Must Keep a Close Watch on Sudan After Easing Sanctions

Mozambique President Filipe Nyusi. Photo: Getty Images.
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Mozambique’s Stability Is Being Put to the Test

Industrial complex for the production of galvanized roof sheets, Kampala, Uganda. Photo: Elk Arne Clausen/Getty Images.
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Size Matters: Developing Businesses of Scale in Sub-Saharan Africa

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Counter-insurgency in the Somali territories: the 'grey' zone between peace and pacification

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Conflict prevention as pragmatic response to a twofold crisis: liberal interventionism and Burundi

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Concrete approaches to peace: infrastructure as peacebuilding

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Pragmatic peace in emerging governscapes

Father and daughter in their shelter in Goudoubo refugee camp, Burkina Faso, March 2017. Photo: Kwesi Annim.
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Prices, Products and Priorities: Meeting Refugees’ Energy Needs in Burkina Faso and Kenya

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Rebuilding Zimbabwe

Customers register their MTN Group Ltd mobile phone sim cards at a roadside kiosk in Lagos, Nigeria, on 31 October 2015. The South African multinational MTN is Africa’s largest wireless operator. Photo: Bloomberg/Getty Images.
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South Africa’s Economic Engagement in Sub-Saharan Africa: Drivers, Constraints and Future Prospects

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Forced male circumcision: gender-based violence in Kenya

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The BRICS - merely a fable? Emerging power alliances in global trade governance

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Beyond seablindness: a new agenda for maritime security studies

Industrial complex for the production of galvanized roof sheets, Kampala, Uganda. Photo: Elk Arne Clausen/Getty Images.
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Developing Businesses of Scale in Sub-Saharan Africa: Insights from Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia

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Instrumentalizing AIDS empowerment discourses in Malawi and Zambia: an actor-oriented view of donor politics

Pedestrians walking under the Henri Konan Bédié Bridge in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, on 14 December 2014, ahead of its inauguration on 16 December. Photo: SIA KAMBOU/AFP/Getty Images.
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Building Inclusivity in Côte d’Ivoire? Promoting Sustainable Growth Through Infrastructure Development

The main hall of the Budapest Congress and Trade Center on 16 May 2011, as parliamentarians from the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group of nations kicked off talks with their EU counterparts. Photo: Attila Kisbenedek/Staff/Getty Images.
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Central and Eastern Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa: Prospects for Sustained Re-engagement

Aerial view of Lagos island and Lagos harbour, Nigeria, on 17 March 2016. Photo: Frédéric Soltan/Getty Images.
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Collective Action on Corruption in Nigeria: A Social Norms Approach to Connecting Society and Institutions

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South–South in retreat? The transitions from Lula to Rousseff to Temer and Brazilian development cooperation

A soldier during inspections for signs of fever, one of the symptoms of Ebola, at a checkpoint in Nikabo, a village in Kenema, Sierra Leone, on 27 August 2014. Photo: Mohammed Elshamy/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images.
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Sierra Leone’s Response to the Ebola Outbreak: Management Strategies and Key Responder Experiences

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Is China eroding the bargaining power of traditional donors in Africa?

The World Today

Will Guinea beat its fatalité?

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South Sudan: a volatile dynamic of accountability and peace

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The Role of US Africa Command in Peace and Security in Africa

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Politics and the Demographic Shift: The Role of the Opposition in Uganda

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Somalia's Elections: Transitioning Towards Representative Politics

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South Africa’s 2016 Local Election: Coalitions and Corroded ANC Control

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Developing Power and Infrastructure in Nigeria: Strategies for Successful Reform

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Managing Angola’s Economic Crisis: The CASA-CE Perspective on Policy Responses

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The Importance of Democracy in Africa: Kenya’s Experience

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Devolution and Development in Kenya: Experiences from Kiambu County

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Zanzibar After the Elections: Perspectives on the Political Future

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Civil Society and Community Engagement in Angola: The Role of the Anglican Church

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The Role and Effectiveness of Opposition and Civil Society Groups in Zimbabwe

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Zimbabwe's Economic Reform and Re-engagement with the IFIs and Paris Club

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Bridging the Financial Inclusion Gap in Africa

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African Economic Outlook 2016: Sustainable Cities and Structural Transformation

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Domestic and Regional Implications of the Economic Crisis in South Sudan

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South Africa’s Opposition: Fostering Debate, Accountability and Good Governance

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Strengthening Data Sharing for Public Health: Africa Regional Roundtable

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The EU and Sudan: Prospects for Effective Engagement

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Development Aid and Democracy in Africa

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Boko Haram Impacts on Education in North East Nigeria

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Shaping The Gambia's Future: How to Build a Path to Sustainable Progress

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Fostering Sustainable Peace, Democracy and Inclusive Development in Mozambique (in Portuguese)

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Kenya’s Priorities for Inclusive Growth: Towards Domestic Development and Regional Peace

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Redefining Partnership: the EU-Africa Relationship Beyond the Cotonou Partnership Agreement

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Next Generation Nigeria: What Is Restructuring and Does Nigeria Need It?

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Podcast: Growing Businesses of Scale in Sub-Saharan Africa: Job Creation, Innovation and Industrialization

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Growing Businesses of Scale in Sub-Saharan Africa: Job Creation, Innovation and Industrialization

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Recovering Africa's Stolen Assets: Lessons from the Windward Trading Case

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Moving Energy Initiative: Clean Energy Projects Providing Opportunities for Refugees

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Kenya Elections 2017: Prospects for a Credible Process

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Angola Forum 2017: Economic Diversification, Development and Strengthening Democracy

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Angola Forum 2017: Economic Diversification, Development and Strengthening Democracy

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Sustaining Somalia’s Transition: National Priorities and International Engagement

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The African Union Vision for Peace and Prosperity in Africa

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The UK and Africa in the International System: Priorities and Engagement Post-Brexit

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Evolution of the Horn of Africa: State Formation and Decay

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Ebola: The Epidemic of Fear?

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Growth in Africa: The End of Africa Rising?

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The Journey to Europe: In Conversation with Ross Kemp and Marta Shaw

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West Africa Global Health Leaders Fellowship

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